Martin Kemp will star as smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the multi-award-winning Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End from Monday 2 July for a limited season until Saturday 1 September 2018.
Overall, it is pleasing to have Chicago back in the West End to offer new audiences an opportunity to see the classic musical. But it is just lacking a little bit of sparkle in the performances to make it really ‘Razzle Dazzle’.
Chicago is faultless, as always. There are no surprises from this revival but this multi-award-winning, slick and stylish, musical doesn’t put a foot wrong. Sublime musical numbers, choreography and performances, it razzle dazzles throughout.
Paul Rider will return to the role of Amos Hart, joining the previously announced Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Ruthie Henshall in the multi award-winning Chicago at London’s Phoenix Theatre.
It is a complicated logistical exercise to put on stage all the elements familiar from the film, and to deliver them with an authentic sense of menace. Often it works, the bed shaking and 360-degree head rotation are very effective.
With Stage Review’s editor, Anne Cox, still too traumatised from seeing the film as a teenager more than 40 years ago (yes, it’s true – ed), I was packed off, with nerves of steel and crucifix in pocket, into the pitch-black, creaking, dress circle of London’s Phoenix Theatre for The Exorcist.